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Comment Re:Kids these days... (Score 1) 385

I live in a town of 5000 people and while the local weekly newspaper has shrunk somewhat over the past 20-odd years that I've been here, it's still loaded with advertising, mostly for local businesses. I'd say there's about a 50/50 mix of editorial content vs advertising in that paper. I have no idea how they manage that; they do have a full-time advertising sales guy who runs around town flogging it.

Comment Re:vote with your wallet (Score 2) 157

It's getting harder and harder to purchase a computer that doesn't come with Windows (unless you get a custom build from the corner computer store) and it's almost impossible to get a laptop.

And if you bite the bullet and pay the Windows tax to get a computer, it's almost impossible to get to a real bios so you can install something else on it. Windows Boot Manager, anyone? (Shudder)

I would love to be able to zip into Staples and buy this week's on-sale laptop off the shelf and know that will work with Linux. But it can't be done.

Comment Something I'm Quite Familiar With (Score 1) 6

Been running openSUSE as my primary OS for about 12 years.

Also been running it in a VM for 6 or 7 years. You are using VirtualBox? Shared folders/shared clipboard are pretty awesome.

(Why are you "stuck" with Win 8.1 on the host, BTW?)

In any case, let me know if you run into any issues. Glad to help if I can.

Comment Re:== vs =, | vs ||, variable/pointer dereference (Score 1) 88

Every language I can think of has a common single-character bug. Many Microsoft SQL users routinely leave off the semicolon which terminates a statement. Sometimes that results in buggy behavior right away, sometimes not until two years later when a change is made to the *proceeding* statement.

I once accidentally put a semicolon after an "if" statement in PHP. The website ran fine for years until one day when there were no articles for the little box this code was behind. That day the whole website ate shit. At least it was an easy fix!

Comment Re:Does this mean... (Score 1) 90

In theory it's possible to use the Nvidia driver on an Optimus laptop using something called bumblebee. I seem to recall there's a successor project to that now. In either case, all the detailed info I've been able to find online about it seems to be geared towards *disabling* the Nvidia card, which seems to me to be a big "WTF?".

Comment Re:Does this mean... (Score 3, Interesting) 90

Your experience is the opposite of mine, then, which is that the *only* safe way to run Nouveau on a machine with an Nvidia card is to add nomodeset or acpi=OFF to GRUB_CMDLINE_LINUX_DEFAULT, or get used to random lockups. I've had this issue on 3 different machines (2 desktops and 1 laptop).

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